Throw Voters From the Train

A Clark County measure to fund light rail has become a referendum on the CRC.

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The Columbia River Crossing is already in big trouble.  The proposed Interstate 5 spans between Oregon and Washington have a flawed design, the backers lack firm plans to...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Coast Guard Says CRC Design Still A Problem


Last week, proponents of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project told a legislative oversight committee that the project is aiming at applying for a $850 million of federal money, from a transportation called New Starts, to cover much of the cost of the light rail portion of the project. In the presentation to lawmakers, they made a few things clear. First, to apply for the federal money, ...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: EPA Smacks Lower Willamette Group

Portland harbor companies face penalties.

Companies on the hook for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site are facing civil penalties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the companies used “incorrect or misleading inf   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

The Toll Under the Bridge

Seattle’s experience shows the CRC’s projections are flimsier than ever.

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It’s human nature: Start charging people for something they’ve been getting for free, and many won’t want it anymore. Take, for example, a new toll for a bridge. In the Seattle area, one out   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Columbia River Crossing Needs Clark County Voters


The fate of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing might come down to Clark County voters in November.C-Tran, Clark County's transit system, is considering a 0.1 percentage sales tax increase, which would generate $4.5 million a year to pay for operations and maintenance of the light rail line that would cross the proposed bridge.On Monday, the idea got a big push from the Vancouver ...   More
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Cody Newton

The $2.5 Billion Bribe

Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge.

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The Oregon Supreme Court has succeeded in doing what scores of public meetings, thousands of pages of reports...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Still Big, Still Costly

CRC backers claim the $3.5 billion project is “downsizing.” That’s not true—not even close.

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Backers of the proposed $3.5 billion freeway bridge across the Columbia River say they’ve gotten the message: The project is too big and expensive. That’s why Gov. John Kitzhaber’s chief   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

2011: The Costume Party

You didn’t need a funny outfit to make news this year, but it sure helped.

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All Images WW Photo IllustrationsDavid Wu’s tiger suit was the tip-off that 2011 was going to be a strange one. The year opened with a sitting congressman posing in a child’s orange-and-black    More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Cat’s Rights, CRC Concerns and Blazertime!

The cats haven’t asked for their own lawyer.

A Portland State University student is suing the school, claiming it violated her rights by trying to evict her cats—and then her—from student housing earlier this year. Jasmine Batiste, 24, s   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Business Alliance Endorses Eileen Brady for Mayor


The city's largest business group, the Portland Business Alliance, has endorsed Eileen Brady to replace Mayor Sam Adams.J. Isaac, the chair of the PBA board of directors, said in a Tuesday press release that Brady supports the alliance’s jobs agenda and improving the economy by creating private-sector jobs.“Eileen Brady will bring a fresh perspective as well as a business perspective to City Hall,” ...   More
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN


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